Search found 206 matches

by andytv
Thu Sep 19, 2002 2:56 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Tannin taste
Replies: 16
Views: 34605

Yeast Viability/Quantity

What was the temp of your primary fermentation & did you prepare a yeast starter. This sounds like a problem I was having at the beginning of the summer. For some reason this year, I getting a little lazy and wasn't paying too much attn to fermentation temps. Problem solved by increasing starter siz...
by andytv
Fri Sep 13, 2002 3:16 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Working out the kinks
Replies: 4
Views: 5545

Thermometer

I couldn't brew without a digital thermometer. I use a fairly high quality panel meter with a RTD probe that I hashed together when working as an engineer. This type of setup had a 6 foot long thin TEF coated cable with a small probe, so I can leave the probe in my mash tun if I want. To set yoursel...
by andytv
Fri Sep 13, 2002 2:58 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: 5 Gallon Gott cooler mash tun capacity? or alternative ...
Replies: 6
Views: 10641

Warpage

I use an old (circa 1980) coleman rectangular 10 gallon (11.5 measured) cooler. I've run maybe 20 batches through it and YES it does warp. The sides warp a little, but not too dramtically. I figure I have about another year of usage, then I'll get another one.
by andytv
Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: bottle colours ?
Replies: 10
Views: 18481

Excuse to buy Micros

Most microbreweries use standard cap bottles. When I bottled, I'd use it as an excuse to go to the beer supermarket and buy cases of great beer! Now that I keg, I have no excuse.
by andytv
Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:45 am
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: Ya know what really burns my biscuits ?
Replies: 10
Views: 11481

Private Stash

My problem is this; I have several recipes in my private "gold account" stash. Some are pretty good, some are marginal. Once your so used to drinking great homebrew, you forget how good the "typical recipes" actually are. Anyway, back to the point, I am constantly tweaking. I never feel that I'm rea...
by andytv
Thu Sep 12, 2002 3:03 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: 5 Gallon Gott cooler mash tun capacity? or alternative ...
Replies: 6
Views: 10641

Low Cap

I made two batches in a coleman 5 gal "upright cooler" before I went to my 10 gallon system. My batched were standard gravity styles; APA, Oaty Stout (approx 11-12lbs), and the capacity was such that the water level was real close to the top by the time I added enough hot water to reach mash out tem...
by andytv
Wed Sep 11, 2002 2:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Water analysis
Replies: 3
Views: 4519

Water Softener Salesman

If all else fails, you could call a water softener salesman and schedule a visit. These guys will perform all sorts of tests on your water to show you how bad it is and how much you need their system. If you pay attention, and ask questions, you can glean some of the details from his/her test result...
by andytv
Mon Sep 09, 2002 3:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: mail order?
Replies: 2
Views: 3854

local biz

I too am a fan of homebrew.com. You can buy a membership for $15 that saves you 10% on every order. I use thejm for almost all of my ingredient needs, except I try to support our local shop by given them the orders for bulk grain; I keep about 50lbs of two-row pale base grain on hand, so when I need...
by andytv
Thu Sep 05, 2002 7:28 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: All grain first time questions
Replies: 10
Views: 9572

Good news!

Thats good to know, because I just bought one. I told myself that I wouldn't ebay this week, but who could resist?
by andytv
Thu Sep 05, 2002 3:03 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: All grain first time questions
Replies: 10
Views: 9572

PH Meters on EBay

I noticed that Ebay has digital PH meters (hanna instruments- Check1) for $28 shipped. Has anyone used these things? Do they work?
by andytv
Wed Sep 04, 2002 8:53 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Going all grain
Replies: 5
Views: 6212

You won't regret this step

Congrats on your choice to go all-grain, you will never regret it. If you are worried about the length of the brewday, check out the posts on cycle time this month. I broke into all-grain brewing by buying an ingredient kit from homebrew.com. You may want to check them out, they have alot of great k...
by andytv
Wed Sep 04, 2002 8:33 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: starch conversion times???
Replies: 15
Views: 16419

iodine test

I've always had some issues with the iodine test, it seems that even when I am sure that I have converted effectively(my gravities almost always are dead nuts on & beer turns out good)there is a color change. I've heard/read that slight color change is expected during an iodine test; I've heard that...
by andytv
Tue Sep 03, 2002 2:58 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: All Grainer Question: Your Cycle Times ?
Replies: 3
Views: 5370

Speed Brewing

I've gotten it down to about 6 hrs actual active brewing time by; 1) Milling grains the night before (also helps prevent infection). 2) Filling my my two five gallon pots with water the night before, then getting up at 5AM to turn the heat on, then I wake up @ 6:00 AM, mash in, then go back to sleep...
by andytv
Sat Aug 31, 2002 6:41 am
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Looking for Ratio of Malt Extract to Grain
Replies: 3
Views: 7382

Based on SG Contribution;

This cannot be the right approach but; 1 lb DME = 1.035 - 1.045 degrees per gallon 1 lb Liquid Malt Extract = 1.027 - 1.038 1 lb 2-row Pale (American) = 1.035 - 1.038 If you do the numbers, you'll find that you should be able to substitute lb for lb (unless your scale can measure .009 lbs). One poun...
by andytv
Wed Aug 28, 2002 2:15 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Magnetic Stirrer
Replies: 8
Views: 9153

What Size Stirrer?

So your the one who planted this seed in my head. I rememeber your posting; It's the reason I bought the stirrer. I plan on resting my 2litre erlenmeyer atop this new toy. The base of the flask is at least 8 inches, which has me wondering if I ordered the right size stirring rod. I ordered a 2" long...